Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy

Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.
Journal of the American College of Surgeons (Impact Factor: 5.12). 12/2009; 209(6):758-65; quiz 800. DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2009.08.021
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